Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Maestro Abides! Edwin van der Sar Announces His Retirement

It was the prizewinning of times, it was the worst of times, it was the geezerhood of wisdom, it was the geezerhood of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the flavour of Light, it was the flavour of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were every feat direct to heaven, we were every feat direct the another artefact – in short, the period was so farther same the inform period, that whatever of its noisiest polity insisted on its existence received, for beatific or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparability only. Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870), A Tale of Two Cities So, king Van der Sar has finally declared his withdrawal officially. One period after the papers are chock full of sentimental clog and nonsense, especially the soap-operatic asides most his private life, especially conjecture concerning his wife, her aneurism and the disagreeable toll EVDS’ “absence” has condemned on his family. One period later, as if he were already dead and buried, the same journos are already working with the bookies, environment the odds as to who module be his successor. Manuel Neuer, Maarten Steklenburg, Igor Akinfeev, René Adler, Allan McGregor, Craig Gordon, Rui Patricio, Julio Caesar, Gianluigi Buffon, Hugo Lloris, Pepé Reína, David DeGea: I’m trusty there’s someone I forget and someone waiting to effort me for it with their modify enclosure in the blogs. What’s interesting to me is that, except for the usual clichés most the broad pace turnaround in a relentless, ruthless 24- hour-a-day programme wheel culture, is meet how such this instance is same the last time. The last instance existence when our previous enthusiastic goalkeeper, saint Schmeichel, declared his looming withdrawal right after the edifice won the treble. The same listing of names for a start. The endless conjecture in the rumor mills. And what I’ll politely call the cock-up watch. In another words: If any of those keepers I traded so such as punches the ball to the feet of the opposition over the next cardinal weeks, they’re screwed. Yes, they’re royally screwed and module never intend the possibleness to defence between the sticks for metropolis United. Indeed, yesterday, the Gaffer was quoted as saying, “I module not make the same mistake again” vis-à-vis the mini-disasters which followed Schmeichel’s ultimate non-retirement to Sporting Lisbon, Aston Villa, and, oh-my-God, metropolis City, in the modify of Massimo Taibi, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll and Fabian Barthez. The pain with every this conjecture is that, at the time, the Gaffer said exactly the same thing! !Indeed, both Bosnich and Barthez were seen as dead world-class, albeit perhaps a little eccentric by most pundits and fans. What went criminal in both cases had as such to do with the mistakes they prefabricated in their private lives lives as such as the pressure on the pitch. Fabí Barthez in portion came to United with a strange pedigree and a resumé ordinal to none. So the fact is, it’s not cushy existence metropolis United’s netkeeper and even Schmeichel unsmooth baritone the continual pressure. I definitely conceive that camper der Sar is our prizewinning netkeeper ever. In his possess unspectacular, mature way, every others, before or after, pale before him. His career, not meet his spectacular success at metropolis United, is a warning we can every learn from. A product of the Foreholte Academy in Holland from the geezerhood of nine, Van der Sar did not clew for Ajax until he was twenty. He spent nine eld at Ajax and was a standout in the dweller Champions League-winning aggroup of 1994-95, capably described by his manager, the spectacularly restrained gladiator camper Gaal as “unflappable and brilliant. The prizewinning netkeeper I’ve ever coached.” Ajax hit always been a selling club, however, although there were whatever who were surprised when he was bought by Juventus for £6.5M in 1999. A superpatriotic edifice with fanatically xenophobic fans, the Old Lady may hit loved external strikers same John physicist and Omar Sivori, but Juventus had never had a external netkeeper before. Buying this giant, blond external netkeeper was, according to Candido Cannavo, the godfather of European sports writers at Gazzetta Del Sport, “Triste, sacrilego e deplorable!” Doomed from the get-go, despite winning the dweller Intertoto Cup and placing ordinal in the Calcio, camper der Saar became il nemico, the adversary and that was that. In 66 games for Juve, he only played digit really bad games, but these digit destroyed his European career. In digit match against A.S. Roma in 2000, he stepped likewise farther time the sextet yard line in an effort to smother a marauding Francesco Totti. The mephistophelean Romano prefabricated a bounteous to-do of skipping flirtatiously around the Dutchman, executing a pretty lob into the gain and sticking out his tongue to the faithful at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino. A some weeks later, EVDS’ most famous “papera” (slip)came against the ultimate champions, the fascisti of Lazio This instance it was the in-form Chilean mover Marco Antonio Salas who collected a squared transfer from Juan Sebastian Veron and took off. Again, the Dutchman prefabricated a calculate out of his content and Salas had the proximity of nous to bend baritone and wait for him to make his move. Somehow camper der Sar’s feet got coiled up as Salas took his shot, falling on his behindhand as the ball dipped into the net. From then on he was a laughing stock for both the press and the public. La Stampa tagged him “Edwin camper der Gol,” and “pannocchione” (maize stalk), making daily jokes most the appearance of his ears, and called him Il brutto (ugly). Thus, sometimes, at small in Italy, digit mistakes are every it takes. Suddenly everything was criminal with the goalkeeper. Once his defender, Juventus railcar Carlo Ancelotti was (and is) still is a man who recognizes which artefact the wind is blowing. In an inner discourse with the same Candido Cavello, Ancelotti said that camper der Saar had cost him digit league titles. Van der Sar was a nice man and spoke better European than many of his teammates, but he “gets soured his line at the criminal time and has pain with broad crosses.” Bad then turned to worsened as Gianluigi Buffon was purchased from Parma for a shocking, world-record £33M. “I module stay and fisticuffs for my place,” camper der Sar told the press after refusing a advise to Catania. The next period he was upbringing at the academy with the youngness aggroup players. All of a sudden everything was criminal with the content keeper. Thus it was no surprise when the Fulham manager, Jean Tigana, hot to spend the dosh burning a mess in the pocket of his chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed, signed him for £7m. The rest, of course, is history. At the prototypal of this 2010-11 season, when king prefabricated a goofy expose bound error, descending a cross against West Brom, allowing them to score, it was the prototypal major mistake I could recall. I was so shocked that I even asked my Fulham- activity candy of a mate if he could recalled anything kindred and he couldn’t. Even a dying Candido Cavallo rehabilitated him. On Friday, 27 February 2009, digit days before expiration away, Don Candido wrote ‘Edwin camper der Sar is No Longer Laughable,” as the denomination of his final article for Gazzetta Dello Sport. “Nine eld after his feat digit might astonishment where in period Park that odd camper der Sar is enjoying his grant at the moment. In actuality the Dutchman is most to embellish a legend,” Cannavò wrote. “Fortunately chronicle is full of surprises. How beautiful it is to intend punish with a smile.” Clearly instance loves a hero. I even astonishment if, perhaps in dozen or cardinal eld time, they may hit irrecoverable Ben Foster’s housing of poo-poo pantalones against Kenwyne designer for metropolis United last flavour or his erratic play this flavour for Birmingham City. As for king camper der Sar, I’m feat to woman him and, beyond wondering if Ancelotti has ever apologized to him, I feel a sense of empathy for whoever tries to follow him!


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